Lon Chaney plays Blizzard, a deranged psychopath scarred by the childhood operation where a young doctor mistakingly amputated both of his legs. Hellbent on revenge Blizzard becomes a master criminal. This is one of Lon Chaney's most famous non-horror roles. This is copied from video mastered off a well worn home movie print. ( 7 reviews ) Topics: Feature Films, Silent films, Lon Chaney, Wallace Worsley, Gouverneur Morris
Rare lost episode of Mr Ed. One of only two episodes that are in the Public Domain. This episode is, essentially, an episode length public service announcement on behalf of the US treasury. Wilbur and Mr Ed extol the virtues of payroll saving plans and their benefits for the American way of life. Alan Young (Wilbur), Connie Hines (Carol), Mr Ed (Mr Ed), George O'Hanlon (The Electrician) Directed by Arthur Lubin IMDB page ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Classic TV, Mr Ed, Alan Young, Public Service Announcement, Bonds, Payroll, Rare, Lost Episode
Some different prints of the all-time classic. 1. Raw untouched video master - how the film has been seen on late night TV and PD video's and DVDs for years. 2. A remastered version of the film presented in HD. 3. Rare international widescreen theatrical release print presented 16:9 enhanced. Copyright Status: PUBLIC DOMAIN Published without a valid Copyright Notice. Type of Work: Cancelled Registration Cancelled Registration Number: PA0000046101 PA reg. cancelled. Published pre ’78 without... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: horror, zombie, low budget, independent
A film noir exploration of the doppelganger theme. A criminal attempts to impersonate his psychiatrist double. Directed by Steve Sekely ( 2 reviews ) Topics: film noir, paul henreid, Joan Bennet, Steve Sekely
A short feature from 1948 in colour. A bunch of Rascal-like kids solve a mystery in the mansion on the hill. Features George Zucco. This is one of many 1948 Hal Roach films that lapsed into the public domain when the comany fell into financial difficulties in the 1970s. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Hal Roach, Our Gang, Curly and His Gang, George Zucco, Old House Mystery, Colour, Short Features
Heath Haldane (Houdini) attempts to track down the vicious criminal gang responsible for his government agent father's death while also saving the girl he loves. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: harry houdini, houdini picture corp, magician, action, g-man, secret service, crime, mystery,...
Classic entry into L Frank Baum's silent Wizard of Oz Series. Cast Violet MacMillan...Dorothy, a Kansas girl who is wandering in the Land of Oz Frank Moore...The Scarecrow Pierre Couderc...The Tin Woodman Fred Woodward...The Cowardly Lion / The Kangaroo / The Crow / The Cow / The Mule Raymond Russell...King Krewl Arthur Smollet...Googly-Goo, a wealthy courtier J. Charles Haydon...The Wizard of Oz (as J. Charles Hayden) Todd Wright...Pon, the Gardener's Boy Vivian Reed...Princess Gloria, niece... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Oz, Wizard of Oz, L Frank Baum, The Scarecrow
Filmed in November 1903 at Edison's New York studio, at Essex County Park in New Jersey, and along the Lackawanna railroad and released in December 1903, "The Great Train Robbery" is considered to be one of the first significant early US narrative films. Greatly influenced by the British film "Daring Daylight Robbery" (1903) it introduced many new cinematic techniques (cross cutting, double exposure, camera movement and location shooting) to American audiences. It was... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: 1903, Silent, Thomas Edison, Edwin S Porter, Great Train Robbery, pdmovies
A death row inmate tells the story of how he got his sentence. He was a baby photographer who made the mistake of looking for adventure by agreeing to look after his neighbor's private-eye establishment. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: bob hope, dorothy lamour, peter lorre, lon chaney jr, reginald denny, ann doran, jack larue, bing...
A man is held captive by island natives who believe that his daughter has stolen a pearl belonging to their idol. This is a five reel truncated 1922 Realart print of the Houdini mystery missing a large chunk from the middle of this originally seven reel production. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: harry houdini, silent film, paramount pictures, mystery, realart, magician, illusionist, island,...
This 1920 silent film was made by Kenneth Brampton, who wrote, produced, directed and starred in it. The story concerns a real life bushranger (outlaw) named Captain Starlight, who became a national hero (like Ned Kelly). It is based on a classic Australian novel by Rolf Boldrewood (the pen name of Thomas Browne). This was the third film of the novel. The first, directed by Charles McMahon, was an early feature film made shortly after "The Story of the Kely Gang". The second was made... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Bushrangers, Western, Australia, Kenneth Brampton
The 11th film in the Rathbone/Bruce Sherlock Holmes series, "The Woman In Green" explores Professor Moriarty's plan to blackmail wealthy gentlemen, making them think they murdered the young female victims of a Jack The Ripper style serial killer. This is a slightly better print than the others already available on the Internet Archive. Copyright Status: PUBLIC DOMAIN Registered for copyright LP13455 25 July 1945: THE WOMAN IN GREEN. Universal Pictures Co., Inc., 1945. 7 reels, sd.... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Sherlock Holmes, Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Henry Daniel, Hillary Brooke, Paul Cavanagh, Arthur...
The film is based on C.J. Dennis' 1915 Australian poem The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke. The film was produce by a South Australian company, The Southern Cross Feature film Co, and shot in New South Wales. Most of the exteriors were filmed in the Sydney suburb Woolloomooloo, Manley Beach, Bondi and The Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney. Interiors were shot at Wonderland City in Bondi. The text on the inter-titles (designed by Lyell) was taken directly from Dennis' poem. Raymond Longford and... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Australia, C J Dennis
"Douglas Fairbanks Jr Presents Bulldog Drummond and 'The Ludlow Affair'" Series 5 Episode 13 (28 January 1957) This was made as a pilot for a possible series. When it wasn't picked up the pilot was used as an episode in the "Douglas Fairbanks Presents" series. Cast Douglas Fairbanks Jr - Host Robert Beatty - Bulldog Drummond Greta Gynt - Mrs. Harriette Ludlow Michael Ripper - Kelly William Franklyn - Roger Benning Harry Lane - Kinsella John Le Mesurier - Inspector Burroughs... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Classic TV, Bulldog Drummond, Douglas Fairbanks Jr Presents, Failed Pilot, Robert Beatty
Season One Episode 16 (5 January 1959) An honest union leader is killed with a car bomb and suspicion falls on his chief rival, who hires Gunn to clear his name. This video is public domain because it was registered as a published film PETER GUNN. Spartan Productions. Approx. 29 min. each, sd., b&w. 16mm. Spartan Productions. The Fuse. 5 Jan 59 (in notice: 1958) LP 15083 and never renewed. ( 8 reviews ) Topics: Classic Tv, Peter Gunn, Craig Stevens, Blake Edwards, Private Detective
This one hour TV special tells the story of Hollywood from the advent of sound up to the modern day. Originally Aired 28 November 1962. Hosted by Henry Fonda. ( 4 reviews ) Topics: Classic TV, Hollywood, Henry Fonda, Movie Stars, TV Special
Legendary Valentino picture. Valentino stars as an Arabian who falls in love with an English woman in this classic silent picture. Visit the IMDB page here. ( 4 reviews ) Topics: Rudolph Valentino, Adventure, Romance, The Sheik, Paramount, Jesse Lasky, Silent Films
The Sinking of the Lusitania, released in 1918, is an animated short film by American artist Winsor McCay. It features a short 12 minute explanation of the sinking of RMS Lusitania after it was struck by two torpedoes fired from a German U-boat. The film was one of many animated silent films published to create anti-German sentiment during World War I. McCay illustrated some 25,000 drawings for the production. The film is stylized as a documentary, informing viewers on details from the actual... ( 7 reviews ) Topics: Lusitantia, Winsor McCay, Animation, History, World War I, Propaganda
Failed pilot for a proposed British Sherlock Holmes series starring John Longdon (Hitchcock's "Blackmail" and "The Skin Game") as Sherlock Holmes. Campbell Singer plays Dr Watson and the episode also features Walter Gotell (70s and 80s Bond pictures) as Luzatto. The story is based on the canonical adventure "The Man With The Twisted Lip". ( 6 reviews ) Topics: Classic TV, Sherlock Holmes, Failed Pilots, John Longdon
"These are the TALONS of The Vampire Bat" This copy is sharper than the others that appear on the Internet Archive. Copyright Status: PUBLIC DOMAIN Registered: THE VAMPIRE BAT. 1933. 7 reels. Credits: Producer, Phil Goldstone; director, Frank Strayer; screen story, Edward T. Lowe; film editor, Otis Garrett. (c) Majestic Pictures Corp.; 19Jan33; LP3579. NO RENEWALS FOUND. There are two versions available for download: - NTSC (480p @ 24 fps) Run Time: 1:02:37 - PAL (576p @ 25 fps) Run... ( 4 reviews ) Topics: vampire, bat, horror, golden age, Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Dwight Frye, George E...
The only PD episode of Burke's Law. Episode Title: "Who Killed Jason Shaw" S1 E15 This show was originally set to air on 22 November 1963. It was pushed back by the network's coverage of John F Kennedy's assassination. This film is in the public domain because its copyright was not renewed in 1991, which was the necessary time for any film with a date in notice of 1963. ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Classic TV, Gene Barry, Burke's Law, Millionare Detective
Mutt and Jeff play Sherlock Holmes style detectives on the trail of the mysterious "Phantom". Originally release in 1926, this film was hand coloured in the early 1930s and re-released. ( 8 reviews ) Topics: Mutt and Jeff, Sherlock Holmes, Colourised by Hand
Some surviving fragments of the world's first feature length narrative film. Heavily decomposed What the posters said: "A thrilling moving picture from start to finish" "The Most Sensational, The Most Thrilling and Interesting LIVING PICTURES EVER TAKEN." Written and Directed by Charles Tait 1868-1933 Released: December 1906 (Australia) January 1908 (Britain) 1910 (USA) Special contents of this edition copyright 2009 Shane I Sullivan. Permission to use these items is granted... ( 7 reviews ) Topics: Australia, Bushrangers, Ned Kelly, Silent Film, Early Features, Lost Films, Fragments
This is a failed pilot for a "Three Stooges" TV show. The concept of the show was that the Stooges would try a new profession each show. In this episode they are interior decorators. Features Moe, Larry and Shemp ( 9 reviews ) Topics: Classic TV, The Three Stooges, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Shemp Howard, Failed Pilot, Kinoscope
These are most of the surviving Blooper reels produced by The Warner Club an organisation comprising Warner Bros Stars and Crew. These reels were produced most years and shown at their annual dinner to poke fun at the mistakes that had been made during that year's productions. Some of the people who appear Eddie Acuff, Eddie Albert, Mary Astor, Ralph Bellamy, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, George Brent, Sheila Bromley, James Cagney, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Gary Cooper, Bette... ( 11 reviews ) Topics: Bloopers, Gag Reel, Warner Bros, Stars
This is a rare episode of "You Asked For It", a program that originated in 1950 on the Du Mont Network, moved to the ABC network in the mid 50s, where it was cancelled in 1959, only to be revived three times in subsequent decades. The premise of the show was that viewers would choose the entertainment by writing in and requesting a program about a certain subject or featuring a certain personality, character or act. Many people cite this as the first example of reality TV because it... ( 7 reviews ) Topics: Classic TV, Du Mont Network, ABC, You Asked For It, Bela Lugosi
A 1927 Fox newsreal interview with the author and spiritualist, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He speaks about his greatest literary creation, Sherlock Holmes, and his work in spiritualism. ( 6 reviews ) Topics: Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, Spiritualism
This rare Sherlock Holmes film was released at the same time as the Raymond Massey picture "The Speckled Band". The story is partly based on two Conan Doyle short stories: "The Final Problem" and "The Empty House". Sceptical about the potential success of the film, the producers sold the rights to the film to "First Division Pictures" for 800 pounds. The film was released in July 1931 under the title "Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour". It was very... ( 5 reviews ) Topics: Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Wontner, Mystery, Lost Films
A 1944 Columbia Phantasy cartoon parodying Sherlock Holmes. Originally released in Black and White. Hairlock Combs and his assitant Gotsome, of 223 Baker St, attempt to solve the mystery of a disappearing dinosaur skeleton. ( 4 reviews ) Topics: Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, Animation, Columbia, Phantasy, Cartoon
Georges Treville appeared as Sherlock Holmes in a number of short features in 1912. His series of films was the first officially authorised series of Holmes Films, produced under the supervision of Conan Doyle himself. This is the 8th and final episode it is also the only episode that survives. The series comprised the following films, all directed by Adrien Caillard and produced by Eclair. 1. Le ruban moucheté/The Speckled Band 2. Flamme d’argent/The Silver Blaze 3. The Beryl Coronet 4. The... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Georges Treville, Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
This is the greatest of all Austrlian Silent films. Made just before the advent of synchronised sound, this film had a limited period of commercial viabilty before it dissapeared from sight. Based on the serialised novel by Marcus Clarke, this was the most expensive film produced in Australia at the time. It costed 50,000 pounds when the average Australian film was made for around 1000 pounds. The film stars George Fisher as Richard Devine/Rufus Dawes/John Rex and Eva Novak as Sylvia Vickers... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Australia, Silent Film, Epic, Marcus Clarke, Convicts, Wrongly Convicted, Doubles, Scandal
Season One Episode 17 (19 January 1959) After a Jewel robbery, a very nervous man hires Gunn to protect someone named Timothy from being murders. Gunn finds out the Timothy is a seal. Based on the Richard Diamond radio play "Timothy The Seal" This video is public domain because it was registered as a published film PETER GUNN. Spartan Productions. Approx. 29 min. each, sd., b&w. 16mm. Spartan Productions. Let's Kill Timothy. 19Jan59 (in notice: 1958); LP13981 and never renewed. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Classic TV, Peter Gunn, Craig Stevens, Blake Edwards, Private Detective, Richard Diamond adapted to...
Three cheap musical boxes (each one playing a subtly different version of "The Swagman"), manufactured in Dartmoor Prison, are sold at a local auction house. However, a criminal gang is determined to steal and recover all three, even if it means committing murder. Sherlock Holmes tries to recover the music boxes and crack the secret code contained in the tune before the gang can get what they want. This version is slightly better quality that the other versions available on the... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Sherlock Holmes, Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morrison, Holmes Herbert, Harry Cording,...